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Tab Replacement Without Tab Keys in a Word Processing Editor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047107D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Christenson, PJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Generally speaking, most dual-use data processing terminals lack an adequate "tab" function. For a high usage text editor, i.e., where fairly considerable and rather complex programming is justified, tab functions can be provided by bracketing any chosen zone or line with pairs of "f's" and keying a special command key that tells the editor to "interpret the pairs of "f's" as special form fields creating tab settings". Where multiple lines of tab fields are required, a user would merely create one and copy it with a repetition factor in the target. Following the creation of the tab (form) fields, a user can locate the cursor at any such field, and by striking a command key that calls for additional functions, a menu is displayed for selecting that additional function.

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Tab Replacement Without Tab Keys in a Word Processing Editor

Generally speaking, most dual-use data processing terminals lack an adequate "tab" function. For a high usage text editor, i.e., where fairly considerable and rather complex programming is justified, tab functions can be provided by bracketing any chosen zone or line with pairs of "f's" and keying a special command key that tells the editor to "interpret the pairs of "f's" as special form fields creating tab settings". Where multiple lines of tab fields are required, a user would merely create one and copy it with a repetition factor in the target. Following the creation of the tab (form) fields, a user can locate the cursor at any such field, and by striking a command key that calls for additional functions, a menu is displayed for selecting that additional function. In processing a given document with tab settings, the user presses a command key that instructs prompting for the "form fields". The cursor then goes from tab setting to tab setting with the use of the field advance keys, and data is keyed in as required. Upon depression of the Enter key, following the data entry, all fields are aligned in accordance with the definitions of the tab fields, including any of the additional functions noted above.

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